Top 10 Skincare Misconceptions You Should Be Aware of

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Julia Adams

Julia Adams

Last updated:  2020-12-16 10:56:38

How you take care of your skin should be an individual thing, as we're all unique. Certainly, you know your body best, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some rules that don't apply to everyone. As we read beauty magazines and listen to many advice (but not our moms), we can get lost and waste money on things that aren't necessary. Stay with us, and learn about the top 10 beauty misconceptions that many believe to be true. Also, check out our Top 10 Skincare Steps to Follow in the Morning (in Order) if You Want to Go All the Way.

10. Eye Cream Is Necessary

Your favorite moisturizer will be enough

We love our highly advertised and expensive eye creams, especially if erasing wrinkles is one of the brand's claims. But are they really necessary, and what exactly is their effect? Let's just start off by saying that a good face moisturizer is all you need.

Assuming that you've determined what skin type you are, the rest shouldn't be complicated. The cream you use for the rest of your face is also a good choice for the sensitive under-eye area. Specifically, that region is a little bit thinner and gentler, so just make sure you pick a moisturizer that will nourish and replenish the skin. Other than that, you're good to go, as dermatologists claim we actually waste money on all those eye products.

9. Daily Exfoliation

Learn everything about exfoliation before you try it

Of course, exfoliating should be a part of your regular skincare routine, as it removes dead skin cells and promotes collagen production. Make sure to read our list of the top 10 ingredients to implement in your skincare routine, as we mention many good acids. However, don't overdo it, as it'll cause more harm than good.

If you exfoliate daily, you're potentially disrupting the skin's natural barrier. As a result, you can get redness or flakiness that won't be easy to repair. Also, blemishes and acne that were already there will become irritated, and it'll take more time for the skin to heal. In conclusion, it's best to use a mild exfoliator two-three times a week, depending on your tolerance.

8. No Sunscreen If You Use Makeup With an SPF

The biggest secret about sunscreen is to reapply it

No matter what you see in advertisements, remember that sun protection is the most important step in preserving your skin and beauty. Specifically, it will reduce the formation of premature wrinkles, not to mention the shielding from skin cancer. Many people believe that if you use makeup containing SPF, you don't have to use sunscreen.

This myth can really cause some great harm, as it can give you false security that you're protected from the sun. First of all, you'd never apply that much foundation necessary for it to successfully block the UV rays. Then, after you put it, surely you won't reapply it during the day, so you'll maybe have the protection for about two hours. Our advice: Just avoid makeup if you know you'll be outside all day.

7. Hypoallergenic Products Cause No Harm

Check out a dermatologist's guide for sensitive skin

Do you have sensitive skin? Sadly, we must inform you that the label "hypoallergenic" doesn't necessarily mean that the product won't cause you an allergy. Of course, if you fall into that category, it's always recommended to use cosmetics labeled that way. But there aren't consistent guidelines throughout the world to explain what qualifies as "hypoallergenic."

Usually, it means that the product is designed without the most common allergens, so it's not 100 percent safe. In conclusion, the only way to be secure is to follow your skin's needs. Be aware of what products with which ingredients you use, and take note of what suits you or causes allergies.

6. Treatments at Home are Harmless

It's best not to try this at home

Home beauty remedies sound great, as you don't have to rush to a salon and spend insane amounts of money on it. Not only do these treatments don't work all the time, but they can also cause harm to your skin. And let's not forget that people can develop some crazy ideas, like using urine instead of a toner. 

Even if you go with something seemingly simple, like lemon juice in a face mask, you can damage your skin. Because it's extremely acidic, it can cause burning and dehydration. And how about the fact that many people use coconut oil to nourish their faces? Actually, it can clog your pores and cause blackheads. So don't try this stuff at home; just ask your dermatologist for advice before you experiment.

5. Wearing Makeup Daily Causes Breakouts

Makeup isn't the reason for acne, if you remove it at night

This just may be one of the most widespread beauty myths, and honestly, we're tired of it. Yes, even the best makeup can cause a breakout or clog your pores, but only if you use the one that's not suitable for your skin. However, if you made it a habit of sleeping with it, then you'll have a problem. Specifically, this is the most common reason why you'd get a makeup breakout.

Our skin needs rest, and that's why the night is when it renews itself. That's when you should clean your face, thoroughly but gently, and put some cream on. And don't think for a second that cleaning wipes will do the job! They won't remove the dirt or makeup, and you'll just tug your skin unnecessarily. Finally, pick a foundation or powder with ingredients that you tolerate, and you won't have problems.

4. Products Containing Natural Ingredients Don't Cause Irritations

Natural isn't always better

Natural ingredients can be great for your skin, and the use of organic cosmetics is on the rise in recent years. Although these components can potentially have a beneficial influence on your overall health, please be careful. However, it doesn't have to mean that something won't cause you an allergy just because there's a lower irritation risk.

All of us are different, and we should adopt skincare according to our needs. For example, essential oils can be a highly irritating ingredient for sensitive skin or if used in large amounts. Tolerance is a personal thing, and we'd advise you to always perform a patch test when trying out a new ingredient.

3. Oily Skin Needs To Be Dried Out

Tips and tricks for oily skin

Now, this misconception can't be further from the truth! In reality, it's the opposite, as oily skin needs all the hydration it can get. First of all, when you have those issues, it's oils that your face produces, not moisture. Moreover, if you dry the skin out, it will try to compensate by creating even more sebum.

In conclusion, it's best to utilize a water-based moisturizer that is hydrating and lightweight. In particular, it will nourish your skin and protect it from outside factors. It will also keep it balanced, and by doing so, the sebum production will be minimized. Check out our top 10 picks for oily/combo skin for more information about that!

2. Pores Can Be Reduced

It was all a lie

In the past couple of years, cosmetic lines are bombarding us with products that supposedly shrink pores. Unfortunately, that can't happen, no matter what you use or how much effort you put into it. For instance, pores can seem smaller sometimes, as the colder temperature can tighten them, but this has a short effect.

On the other hand, they can be more visible when they're congested, so solving that problem can visually reduce them. For example, we recommend using salicylic acid that will remove all the dirt and oil. Specifically, you can use it in a pure form, to exfoliate at night, or mixed in a face washer for a gentler approach.

1. Toothpaste for Treating Pimples

Toothpaste is not a good solution in treating acne

Now, it's time to bust our number one beauty misconception. Were you that teenage girl who believed that the ultimate pimple remedy is toothpaste? Well, you're not the only one, as we've had our share of regretful moments when talking about skincare. Crucially, you shouldn't put any product on your face unless it's specifically created for it. First of all, toothpaste contains some harsh ingredients, like sodium laureth sulfate, which is great for cleaning your teeth. However, as much as it's effective for that purpose, it's as damaging when applied to the skin. 

Girls use this trick because it really dries the pimple out in a matter of one night. But do you ever wonder about side effects? Consequently, it will damage the skin and leave you with a blemish that won't go away easily. Instead, choose some spot treatment that you can find in pharmacies or drugstores, as that will successfully dry out the pimples and fight against bacteria that caused them.

Finally, we hope you found our advice useful, and that it will help you properly take care of yourself. Of course, use quality products whenever possible.

Tell us, did you find any of the information we've provided you particularly surprising? And if so, which ones specifically?

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